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Sayings and Signings (The blog.)

I’ve been a fan of Nate Powell for a long time.

I first encountered his work more than a decade ago when I worked as an assistant editor at Dark Horse Comics. Nate sent in samples of his work to see if we’d publish him, and I championed his intense, beautifully-drawn comics. Nothing came of that, unfortunately, but it didn’t seem to hurt Nate too badly. He went on to receive a grant from Shakespeare and company Books to self-publish his first comics series, Walkie-Talkie. Tiny Giants and the Ignatz-Award-winning Swallow Me Whole came followed from Soft Skull Press and Top Shelf respectively. So, yeah, he dealt with the rejection well.

What are we reading?

Kat’s employee picks:

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King – King’s first challenge was to create a character whom Sherlock Holmes could respect. After that, she could show him in a whole new light, for how often had a reader seen Holmes interact with someone he fully respects? That this character is an adolescent girl, who becomes a woman willing to contradict him, only makes the books more interesting.







The Martian by Andy Weir – You wouldn’t think a book about a man stranded on Mars, sure he is going to die, a book filled with scientific accuracy, would be funny. But it isn’t just funny, it’s hilarious. I think my laughter has gotten annoying in the break room.

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